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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Late in the 18th century Britain’s great brewing families were working hard to break into new markets. For the Baltic Sea ports they created an export version of the traditional British Porter. Styled like an IPA to preserve them for the voyage, those profound Baltic Porters served to ward off the chill winds of that northern sea. That said, we weren’t satisfied with the Baltic Porter’s traditionally subtle hint of black licorice. This ale features a blend of whole licorice root and star anise to create an uncommon addition to that traditional export Porter’s hearty character.

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3.4
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
Tap at CBC, pours black with brown head. Aroma & taste is licorice, roasted malts, coffee, some herbs. medium body, smooth.

3.6
Headbanger (4012) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
16oz can 5/30/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove Singles Rack)-44° in english Pint-Pours black with an aroma of coffee, licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, and vamilla. Taste of the same with a bit more licorice. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is quite warming on a cold night.

3.6
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pounder can pour. Pitch black with a very light tan head. Light roastiness. Chocolate and light licorice.

3.5
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Can. Pours with a very deep brown near black body with a small tan head that least good lace. Aromas are of fudge, dark fruit, licorice, anise, earthy dusty, cocoa, dark fruit esters. Iodine, low isoamyl acetate, vanilla. Flavors are of chocolate, nutty, dusty, raw, cocoa nibs, earthy, soil and lightly vegetal. Moderate esters, light metallic. Roasty, low coffee, leather. Thick, fuller body, creamy, medium-low carbonation and lightly warming.

3.9
thomat (3988) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2012
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Malty with fruity notes. Malt, fruit and licorice. Medium to full body with a nice, balanced finish.

3
Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2012
Darkest dark brown, amber hue barely shines thru. Big creamy tan head settles and lasts.Dark smokey malty aroma. Burnt roasted malts and black licorice dominate. Light bitterness. Average carbonation, medium bodied. Thins out a bit. Roasty licorice finish. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.7
blipp (9504) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Can. Pours near black with a beige head. Lightly roasted malty aroma with some light sweetness. The flavor has roasted and smoked malts, sweet toffee, grains, and a roasty finish. Nice.

4
revnorm (3) - - MAY 23, 2012 does not count
I was taken a little aback by this beer. Poured out nice and dark with a tan head. A lot of herbal notes on the nose and it finished nice and smooth.

3.5
Tmoney99 (14773) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Can shared by B3Shine. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and licorice aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer.

3.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (7950) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a black color with an enormous foamy dark brown head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was port wine, anise, cherry cola and cracker. The flavor was bitter and roasty with moderate chocolate, coffee, port wine, cherry cola and anise. Long bitter, dryish and roasty finish with lingering cocoa, coffee and port wine. Medium body. Solid.


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